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Wofford Heights, CA:  August 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

This will be the last update for the Calgary Fire in Wofford Heights.  On August 5, 2017 at approximately 1:10 p.m., the Kern County Fire Department received a call for a wildland fire at Calgary and Evans Road.  When crews arrived on scene, they were faced with a fast-moving fire with flame lengths of 40 to 50 feet tall. Within the hour, there were over 300 firefighters on scene actively engaged. A total of 9 homes, 5 outbuildings and 6 vehicles were destroyed by fire and a total of 50.5 acres were burned.  The fire is 100% contained.

With the mobility of having resources respond in an immediate action from all parts of Kern County, crews were able to stop the fire and save hundreds of homes that were threatened by the fire.  Additional units were strategically positioned and covered the stations that responded to the fire. With these quick actions, the Kern County Fire Department was able to continue providing coverage with limited interruption. 

Hazard Reduction efforts performed by Wofford Heights residents played a key role in helping firefighters save hundreds of homes.  The Kern County Fire Department would like to commend residents for complying with Hazard Reduction guidelines, thus providing a defensible space for firefighters to work with.  We also would like to thank assisting agencies for their rapid and effective response.

Fire cause is under investigation.  

ASSISTING AGENCIES:   Cal Fire, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, CHP, KCSO, Cal Trans, Edison and American Red Cross

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